June 26, 2012

Audio Books

Yes, I admit it.  I am a proud listener of audio books.  As a nearly-qualified library technician, I find that this is a format that is still thought of as an old person's book, but if you find a book with a good narrator, then it's amazing how much you can enjoy listening to them.

Take the Janet Evanovich series Stephanie Plum.  I enjoy the books, I re-read them on a regular basis.  However, once I'd listened to the audio book, To the Nines (read by Lorelei King) I was hooked.  There is just something about the way Ms. King reads them that seems to make it funnier.  I just love her interpretation of Lula.  So, having listened to #9, I haunted my library for any other Plum books they had on CD.  I have bought some as well (1-4, 11, 15, 17) and have ordered a few from other libraries (5, 12 and 14).  Now all I have to do is track down 1-3 in unabridged form.  I really thought that when the movie was released, plus a re-release of the book, that the audiobooks would also be re-issued... but alas, only the abridged version was {grrrr}

Here's a list of the audiobooks I've got so far...

  • One for the Money
  • Two for the Dough
  • Three to Get Deadly
  • Four to Score
  • High Five (library)
  • Seven Up  (library)
  • Hard Eight
  • To the Nines
  • Ten Big Ones
  • Eleven on Top
  • Twelve Sharp (library)
  • Lean Mean Thirteen   (library)
  • Fearless Fourteen (library)
  • Fingerlickin' Fifteen
  • Smokin' Seventeen
  • A Kiss of Shadows
  • A Lick of Frost   (library)
  • Mistral's Kiss   (library)
  • Swallowing Darkness   (library)
  • Divine Misdemeanors (library)
  • Guilty Pleasures
  • Micah   (library)
  • Blood Noir (library)
  • Dark Light - Jayne Castle
  • Double Cross - James Patterson
  • Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews
  • Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
  • Naked in Death   (library)
  • Ritual in Death   (library)
  • Indulgence in Death   (library)
  • Possession in Death
  • Chaos in Death

Okay, that's quite a few, but I have them loaded on my iPod that's docked on my bedroom's alarm clock, and instead of listening to the radio at night sometimes I just press play and fall asleep listening to whichever book starts.  They are also great for having on while I'm studying as I find that the talking doesn't distract me like songs would (I start singing along and there goes the studying!).  They are also great for longer car trips as well.

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